Courtesy, Michael Bravo
Springville High School student Michael Bravo, flanked by Utah Transit Authority officers and detectives, displays the Medal of Excellence award given to him by the UTA.
SPRINGVILLE — She stopped answering her phone.
When 17-year-old Michael Bravo heard that deafening shout for distress — and knew he wasn’t in a position to do anything about it on his own — he understood immediately what he had to do.
He called in the cavalry.
He was aware of the risks. His friend might be mad at him — her confidant — for going public with her problem. He might annoy the authorities — and he did, causing one dispatcher to yell at him for repeatedly calling back for updates.
But this was very possibly a life and death decision.
So he punched out 911 on his phone.
And saved a life.
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As much as kids look at their phones these days, Michael didn’t look at his for several hours on a day two months ago in late April. First, he sat in a classroom after school and took a makeup math test; after that he hurried to the soccer field to play in a match for the Springville High School soccer team.
It was already getting toward evening when he came out of the game in the second half and sat down on the…